Vancouver Canucks goaltender Colin D’Elia was at the helm and stopped 35 of his 38 shots. The Winnipeg Jets clawed their way on Thursday, but it wasn’t enough to secure the win as Vancouver fell 4-2.
If it weren’t for Delia’s heroism, the game might have been great, but instead it was Canucks forward JT Miller who blew the ice. With Vancouver leading 3-2, the veteran Delia came off the bench in the last minute of the third period. He appeared to swear at a teammate as the goaltender hesitated to make the extra tackle, costing the Canucks valuable seconds in their comeback attempt. Miller took the puck behind the goalkeeper’s cage and hurled his stick over the net to send Delia in for a run with about 50 seconds left.
While Miller was likely in the heat of the moment and insisted that Delia should have been left for a sixth skater by now, the streak was a bad look forward and mood in the Canucks locker room. On social media, people criticized Miller’s leadership and questioned his relationship with his teammates.
Former NHL goaltender and analyst Mike McKenna He defended Delia’s decision to stay“A smart goalkeeper doesn’t let it go until his team is eliminated,” he said. [defensive] Clean area with acquisition. Some are trained to survive. He added how disrespectful Miller’s actions were to Delia.
Delia, who has spent most of her professional career in the AHL, earned her third start of the season with the Canucks against the Jets after impressing the coaching staff with a 5-2 victory over the team. Edmonton Oilers last Friday. Even after losing to Winnipeg, Delia still has good numbers with a 2.58 goals against average and a 0.920 save percentage in 2022-23.
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